For the past six weeks, I have been working with staff in a local primary school to improve the writing outcomes for a small group of Year 1 children. The weekly sessions have given me a lot of food for thought and what follows is a summary of my conclusions.
The importance of keeping things as simple as possible in the early stages of writing development cannot be over-emphasised. At this point, children have so much to think about and, consequently, we need to avoid overloading their working memory with unnecessary information. They have yet to master the skills we take for granted, and we…
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